December 17, 2005

South Africa bus accident kills 22: radio

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Twenty-two South Africans were
killed and 77 injured when a bus they were traveling in
overturned and plunged into a river early on Saturday, public
radio reported.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) radio
said the driver lost control of the bus which was carrying
holiday makers from Secunda in the Mpumalanga province to
Idutywa in the Eastern Cape province.

Police expected the death toll to rise as rescue teams were
still searching the murky waters. The accident occurred in the
Free State province. SABC said among the dead were six

South Africa has a poor road safety record with accidents
killing 10,000 people every year, many involving buses or
minibuses on which most of the poor rely for transport.

In one of the worst accidents of recent years, 51 people
were killed in 2003 when a bus carrying them to a May Day rally
plunged into a lake.